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IPL 2017: Ajinkya Rahane backs MS Dhoni

Rahane says, Dhoni is not the captain but we can still get to learn a lot from him.

By Nilabh Aole -

On Thursday, Indian middle-order batsman Ajinkya Rahane, who was also the stand-in captain of the Indian team for the fourth and final Test against Australia, asserted that he is pretty different from Virat Kohli who is emotional and expressive on the field.

In Dharamsala, the Mumbaikar played two extremely brilliant knocks and lead his team from the front to completely outplay the Aussies and reclaim the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. During a chat with media persons, Rahane said, "To lead my country is a proud moment. Virat is a very good leader. His style is different and I am completely different.”

He further added, "He has done so well for our country in every department. So, I am really happy that he is actually leading our country. He is a great ambassador of the game. I am pretty cool and calm and that brings best out of me and Virat is pretty aggressive and that brings best out of him. So everyone has different styles."

Rahane has become the second Indian captain to win his first test as skipper after the triumph in Dharamsala. He also talked about his former Pune captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, he said, "A player like Dhoni brings an inspiration in the team and every player, whether a foreigner or Indian will try to learn from him."

Australian skipper Steve Smith will be replacing Dhoni as the captain of RPS after a diminishing performance in the last season of IPL in 2016. They finished  at the second last position in the points table with just five wins in 14 matches.

Talking about the same, Rahane said, "He is not the captain but we can still get to learn a lot from him. How he reads the game situation, his mental state before the start of the game, these are the things young players will like to learn. We feel very lucky if he is around."

 

Nilabh Aole

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